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The Calling (Dragon Age #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,322 ratings  ·  125 reviews
This is another thrilling prequel to "Dragon Age: Origins", the hit role-playing video game from Bioware! King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to return to Fereden. One of their own has aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn. Maric agrees to lead the Grey Wardens, chasing after a deadly secret that threatens to destroy the Grey Warde ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Augusta Li
I enjoyed The Stolen Throne but I absolutely loved this one! A group of Grey Wardens, once exiled from Ferelden, have returned to seek King Maric's assistance in locating a member of their order who is lost in the Deep Roads, the abandoned and Darkspawn infested former home of the great Dwarven kingdom. Maric, believing his intervention could prevent another Blight, agrees to help the Wardens.

A fresh recruit named Duncan is among the party that sets out for the Deep Roads. I liked Duncan in the
Edging dangerously close to 2.5, actually, and I only remember this one better than other one because the token hot elf wasn't so keen on martyring herself for plot purposes.

Yay, for not stuffing Fiona in a refrigerator next to Katriel.

What is this talk of refrigerators? This.
The Calling is the second Dragon Age novel set before the video game Dragon Age: Origins and it does improve on some things where the previous Dragon Age novel, The Stolen Throne, failed, while continuing futility in other aspects. Don't let my rating fool you. I didn't like this book, but there were elements of it I did like.

The Calling focuses on King Maric (from The Stolen Throne), and, at the beckoning of a band of Grey Wardens, venture into the Deep Roads to prevent the threat of another Bl
Don J.
You know, after loving the game Dragon Age:Origins, as well as Gaider's first novel, "The Stolen Throne", I wanted to like this book far more than I actually did. Don't get me wrong, there are some good things at work here: exciting fight scenes, some good humor, and a fine cast of great characters, but where "The Calling" fails is the usual attempting to do too much and accomplishing too little.

Gaider presents us with an in-depth look into the Grey Wardens--the not-so-merry band of heroes who
Jul 11, 2012 Ashuroa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Let me start out by saying that – despite my low hopes – I enjoyed this second Dragon Age book much more than “The Stolen Throne”.


Well, it has something that Stolen Throne is lacking – an actual story. Stolen Throne feels like the author tried very hard to somehow connect historical events into something resembling a novel. That almost never works.

Here we have a tight plot that is telling a linear story in a short timeframe – a lot simpler to accomplish and therefore better suited for a… u
As a fan of this world, I found this book utterly compelling. Ferelden is threatened by the possibility of a blight and we find out more about what the witch of the wilds tells Maric in the first novel, The Stolen Throne. In addition, we gain more insight into Loghain's manic obsession with Orlais (not that he didn't have reason before...) and see his relationship with Maric further erode. We learn about a particular baby that has special meaning for players of the game and most importantly, we ...more
While A Stolen Throne was nothing if not unremarkable, The Calling came in as a fantastic fantasy novel. While it suffers from the limitations of all fantasy novels (reasonably predictable characters), we not only get to see some deep insight into the icons of the Dragon Age universe (Fiona, Duncan, The Architect), and we get to connect with them on a pretty personal level.

The character development for Non Player Characters in the video games aside, we get to see a sullen King Maric again, as
Amanda Huffman
Apr 20, 2015 Amanda Huffman rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
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Вторая книга куда сильнее и увлекательнее первой. Параллельно развиваются, чтобы сплестись к концу, две сюжетные линии.
Первая - история Серого Стража, отправившегося умирать на Глубинные Тропы, а вместо этого схваченного порождениями тьмы и обнаружившего нечто совершенно неожиданное.
Вторая - история группы Серых Стражей, которые идут ему на выручку, а для этого испросили помощи у уже повзрослевшего и теряющего вкус к жизни короля Мэрика.
Первая линия увлекает Архитектором, которому начинаешь даже
Effie Perine
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was a really light read, I got to meet young Duncan, and the book only adds to DA:O's lore. But not by much. It goes through some of the same motions that Origins goes through, and the characters are a little bland, if only redeemed by their relatively likable personalities. Plot and plot twists were all meh, I really ended up not caring much for anyone except Duncan. But that's cause I know how he turns out in the future, which is almost nothi ...more
C.S. Carrig
It took me a while to fully commit to this book, but it was worth the read, especially for fans of the Dragon Age games. I must admit to being less invested when I realized the main characters were mostly characters I knew would survive, having played the games, and the supporting characters were initially more interesting than young Duncan or King Maric(who I suspect I would have cared more about if I'd read The Stolen Throne first), but there were some deeply affecting moments along the way, a ...more
Miriam Weiss
I really enjoyed reading this. However, I didn't expect an epic fantasy story, but rather a little bit more background to the dragon age series. Like "The Stolen Throne" it depicts a certain series of events over a rather short period of time quite a while before the events of the game, yet giving lots of background to the game's characters, story and events.
As a fan of the game and the Dragon Age series I really liked reading this part of the overall story. I probably wouldn't recommend it as a
Characters: 7/10
Concept: 8/10
Readability: 7/10
Writing Style: 6/10


For fans of the Dragon Age universe, there really is no reason not to pick this up and give it a read. Not only does it star some major and minor characters from the game, but it gives you a lot more to think about on your next play-through of Origins.

As for readers coming to this book without any prior knowledge of Dragon Age, I think you're going to be inclined to rate it a little more harshly. The writing is a bit fanfic-e
Rebecca (agirlirlblog)
I'm still a bit overwhelmed (in a good way) by the events in this book as I just finished reading it this morning and cannot seem to stop thinking about certain things and also how they relate to characters and events in the Dragon Age: Origins game. Now I really want to read the next Dragon Age book, but I can't yet because I still haven't played Dragon Age 2, and the next book takes place during that timeline. I'll just have to be satisfied with this book for now...though that's not necessaril ...more
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Gaider's second book expands the lore of the Dragon Age series and lets us go on another adventure with good king Maric. The combat scenes are described in such a way that it makes you feel as if you are playing the game.

We also get to learn a bit more about Duncan and some other interesting character backstory. There are a few really touching moments within the series between wardens. Unlike The Stolen Throne, this novel doesn't expound on Ferelden's grand history. Instead it focuses on the cha
Currently abroad and torn from my precious Dragon Age games, I sought solace once more in reading the second prequel to Origins. As with the first, the characters are generally the strong point, the plotline and story less so, but I think Gaider improved in the story-building element. Still, I personally didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, The Stolen Throne. I think I just don't like the Deep Roads too much, which is where almost all the action in this one takes place.

Read it if you're in
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As with the previous book, this was an enjoyable read just to get more background on certain characters and events. It took a while to get used to young Duncan, he's very very different to the Duncan I know from the game - what a scamp!

It was also a lot of fun story-wise - lots of actions and surprises, the (view spoiler) in particular was SO GOOD.

And... (view spoiler)

I'm so glad I read these books - I'm going to start a new playth
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Cj Calvert
As a fan of the Dragon Age video game series, I looked forward to an epic adventure story and I was definitely not disappointed. It gives a new perspective on the Dragon Age universe. If you are a fan of the Dragon Age games, I definitely recommend this book written by a Bioware writer who contributes to writing the game. And if you haven't checked out the game yet, you can get the PC/Mac downloads on Amazon with all downloadable content for $30, which is an awesome deal for the amount of game i ...more
I’ll start off by saying I’m a big fan of Dragon Age: Origins. I’ve played the game more times than I can remember (mostly as an elven rogue because I love antagonizing shems), and yes, that is Morrigan in my profile image. The point is I’m fond of this world and even fonder of its characters, so I picked up The Calling with a bit of apprehension. This was my first experience with a video game novel and I didn’t know what to expect, but the more I read, the more I realized I had nothing to worry ...more
David Tyler
My review of the other Dragon Age book I read applies here. Unlike that book, however, this one reads far more like playing one of Bioware's games. A party of adventurers heads off on a quest through locations that are featured in the book and the previous game; there are encounters that add nothing to the plot, but one provides exciting combat scenes and another provides a reminder of why "skip the Fade" is one of the most popular mods for the game. There's a mage in the party and she runs thro ...more
Hali Sowle
The second book in the tie-in with the rpg Dragon Age:Origins sees King Maric approached by a group of Grey Wardens looking for his help in searching for a Grey Warden that had disappeared in the Deep Roads of the Dwarves. When Grey Wardens reach a certain point in their lives they go to the Deep Roads to die, and to take as many darkspawn as they can with them, but this Grey Warden is different, rthe knows what it will take to start another blight, and his sister, who now heads the Grey Wardens ...more
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Fiona Moyler
The last Dragon Age novel I read was good for a computer game novel. It was a lot better than I expected, but still rather cheesy. This one was actually a really cracking read. I do suspect you'd have to know and like the Dragon Age games to really get into it though. A lot of secrets are revealed about the evil foe to be faced (many aspects of the story are the basis of Awakening) and one of the main characters from Origins (Duncan) is a main character as a young man. I think Duncan's character ...more
Jan 30, 2011 Brandann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gamers, fans of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age: Awakenings
This book is definitely written for fans of the game Dragon Age: Origins. No doubt, and I doubt that David Gaider would ever say otherwise. It is a good follow-up to Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, which I also enjoyed, as a kind of candy bar, though my brain had a hard time reconciling one of the main characters as a sympathetic and actually decent man. Lots of nice background for something I enjoy, that being a video game I consider well-done.

The book gives more background on characters you mee
Just as with "The Stolen Throne", my enjoyment of this book was enhanced by my love of the Dragon Age series of video games by Bioware. This book is another prequel story to the games, taking place after "The Stolen Thone", and was an improvement.

The author didn't have any moments of complete failure, as with the ending to book 1, although a few points of canon felt stretched.

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João  Cardeira Jorge
“DA: The Calling” is the second prequel to the amazing Bioware game, “Dragon Age: Origins” written by David Gaider. Its decent “high fantasy” but if you have no knowledge of the game and/or have not read the previous book, “The Calling” will have little interest for you. The book is clearly destined for the hardcore fan of the universe.
As in “The Stolen Throne”, Gaider has a talent to create complex and likable characters. The book follows almost the games structure, with a party of heroes and a
Heather Scott
Gosh. I really expected to like this one a lot more than I did, especially since I loved the first one so much.

It started out decent, but at some point it began to feel like I was just reading the game with different characters in place of my DA:O posse. Especially the parts with the fade, as after my third playthrough, it was the only part of the game I didn't like going through again. Not only that, but I had a difficult time reconciling the Duncan from the game with the one here. Sure, he's y
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David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked for video game developer BioWare since 1999. He is the lead writer on the upcoming Dragon Age: Origins role-playing game and has previously worked on such titles as Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights.
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“Nicolas walked toward him. Ignoring the presence of the others nearby, he took Julien's chin in his hand and kissed him tenderly on the lips. Julien seemed chagrined at first, and then accepted the gesture. It was sweet, and had the air of a couple that had been together for a great long time.
Maric glanced away, embarrased by the intimacy, not to mention the fact that he hadn't quite realized the nature of the two warriors' relationship ealier. Not just comrades, then, and far more than close friend. The older Grey Wardens seemed unsurprised.”
“I see you're not dead." Duncan couldn't be sure from the man's tone if he was pleased or disappointed. Mostly he sounded annoyed.
"Good to see you, too, Loghain," Maric chuckled tiredly.”
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